Master of Design: Applications now open and tips for a great application

Applications to PolyU Master of Design 2016/17 September intake can be submitted from 25 Nov 2015.

Those who intend to apply may wish to know the following dates and deadlines:

  • Applications start: 25 Nov 2015
  • First round review: 20 Jan 2016
  • Invitations to interview sent out: Feb – Jun 2016
  • Offer letters sent out: 2 weeks after an interview 
  • Deadline for all applications: 29 April 2016
  • No late applications will be accepted after 29 Apr 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before first round review on 20 Jan 2016. From this date onwards, we will consider completed applications as they arrive and offer admissions on a rolling basis.

If you have decided which programme(s) to apply, we have got you covered with three tips to best prepare your application:

  1. Application is a process that requires time and attention

    There is no need to rush and submit an application without a full set of required documents. This is because only complete applications will be reviewed and the review won’t start until 20 Jan 2016. No admissions will be offered before this date.

    Filling out an online application form is a fairly simple process. Preparing the required documents, however, may take weeks. From requesting a recommendation to receiving one may take rounds of follow-up. Tailoring a portfolio that well presents your experience for the programme you are applying to could be seemingly an endless task. And perhaps the nearest IELTS/ TOEFL test dates in your city clash with your personal schedule.

    Therefore, be prepared to take at least 3-4 weeks for a submission.

    PolyU Master of Design 2016/17 September Admission

  2. Applying for scholarships

    Exceptional candidates have the chance to be awarded a tuition scholarship offered by PolyU Design, to off-set 25% - 50% of tuition. As long as you are a non-local student or a PolyU Design alumnus/ alumna and applying to any MDes full-time programmes, your application will be considered. Applying before the first round review increases the opportunity to receive a scholarship. Scholarships are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    If you are also applying scholarships or funding from other organizations, they may require an acceptance letter from the programme offering institution before concluding a final decision. We have been working with various organizations in recent years and will assist admittees in this regard, if needed. Applying early means you will receive an application result early.

  3. Portfolio plays a major role in getting an admission interview

    Although we take a holistic approach when reviewing all applications, portfolio can greatly influence the chance of getting an admission interview or receiving a scholarship.

    We don’t have preference over portfolio format, whether it is in printed hard copy/ digital copy or online portfolio (personal website). However, Design Practices (MDes) sets out specific requirements that the programme leaders are looking for in a portfolio: (a) A minimum of six projects is required. (b) Completion dates (month and year) of the projects must be indicated. (c) Three most representative projects must be stated, in order of self-assessed success rate. (d) Among the projects presented, two of them have to be undertaken professionally.

    In general, your portfolio may include the most advanced design you have done. We are interested in the process of the concept development in experimental and commercial works presented in professional quality. Support samples of work with succinct descriptions where needed. If you would like to include group projects, you must clearly specify what your role was in the creative process. 

    Appropriate portfolios should include related projects, so as to demonstrate one’s experience, ability and aptitude as a suitable candidate for the programme applied.

These are some of the useful tips condensed for you by our admission team. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us by email at or by phone at +852 3400 3400.

If you are in Hong Kong on 9 Jan 2016, you are welcome to join our information session. For event details and RSVP, please visit the event page here.